School Programme and Curriculum Information

Students living and studying abroad have a very special and often unique opportunity.
To be able to interact and form friendships with children from different cultures and backgrounds,
sometimes very different from their own and to be able to understand what values are important
to them. As the International Baccalaureate puts it in their mission statement that, “other people,
with their differences, can also be right.” The students have a wonderful opportunity to look and
at see the world from a perspective from outside of their home country boundaries. One of the
most important beliefs and values of the Primary Years Programme is that of international
mindedness. The IB is after all an organization that develops programmes for an international
education for students in an international context. It is very hard to actually define what international
mindedness actually is, but here at DSKI we hope to be able to instill a set of values and
understanding that develop internationalism and international mindedness. Though the skills and
the attitudes that are developed in our units of inquiry and through the attributes of the IB learner
profile which you will see around the school. And of course developing those friendships and
relationships with students from all around the world. 

January Welcome to the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.
A warm welcome to all our new parents who have joined our school this year! Our primary school uses the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP).

This is a very widely recognized educational programme used around the world in many international schools. It is the first of three programmes from the IB, the others being the Middle Years Programme and then for the final two years of school the Diploma Programme which has world­wide recognition by universities as a high quality qualification for entry into degree programmes.

The PYP is an inquiry based programme, if your family background is from a state school then this will differ somewhat. We put much more emphasis on your child thinking, investigating, questioning and developing as a whole person. We aim to give them a much more international outlook and bringing into the classroom their prior knowledge and experiences, building on this in their units of inquiry. On this blog page you will be able to read in more detail about the aspects and components of the Primary Years Programme to gain more of an understanding of DSKI and the PYP.